Have you ever been enjoying your favorite CBD vape, only to find that after a little while of puffing away, you suddenly can’t taste the vapor? If so, there’s no need to panic. In fact, there is a name for this phenomenon, and it’s called, “vaper’s tongue”. Vaper’s tongue isn’t an emergency, and it’s more common than you may think. So, we’re gonna cover what actually causes this to happen, and what you can do about it. That way, you can go back to enjoying your delicious CBD clouds.
What is Vaper’s Tongue?
Vaper’s tongue is a form of sensory fatigue, caused by exposing your senses to the same flavor profile over and over again, or a particularly strong/complex flavor, without giving your olfactory glands and taste buds a sense to rest. Sensory fatigue/overload happens to perfumiers who expose themselves to strong fragrances for a living, and music producers who are listening to loud sounds for hours at a time. It can even happen to anyone who cooks a dish for hours at home, and by the time they’re ready to eat, they barely pick up any flavor or aroma.
Sensory fatigue just means that your senses are tired out, and they need a break. It’s very temporary - it does not require any type of medical attention. So, if you do experience vaper’s tongue while vaping CBD, you don’t need to worry that you’re never going to taste your e-liquids again, or that you need to go to the hospital.
Virtually all vape oils on the market contain terpenes – the chemical compounds in hemp that give the plant its strong flavor and aroma. It’s because hemp’s flavor and aroma are so strong that we get vaper’s tongue, but the good news is that it can be both prevented and treated easily.
What are Some Easy Tips for Preventing Vaper’s Tongue?
First, let’s talk about how to avoid getting vaper’s tongue. This phenomenon doesn’t happen to everyone, and certain things can make you much more likely to experience it.
Tip #1: Avoid Chain-Vaping
First off, if you’re a chain-vaper, meaning that you take lots and lots of puffs in a short period of time, consider changing your ways. Chain-vaping is the best way to get vaper’s tongue, because you’re exposing your senses to the same flavor profile over and over again without giving them a break. Your senses will get fatigued this way, and once that happens, they’ll stop perceiving what you’re exposing them to.
Tip #2: Switch It Up
Some people are sensitive to vaper’s tongue, and even may get it if they don’t switch up the flavor that they’re vaping from time to time. So, consider switching out your strains fairly often, or have a couple of strains that you keep in rotation at all times so that you’re frequently exposing your senses to something new.
Tip #3: Go with Milder Flavors
If you’ve a particularly strong-tasting strain, consider switching it out for something milder.
What to Do if You Get Vaper’s Tongue
Now, if you do get vaper’s tongue, there are some tried-and-true methods that will make it last for as short a time as possible. Vaper’s tongue almost never goes on for more than 24 hours, and for most people it lasts for only a couple of hours. Here’s what you can do.
Wait it Out: Like we said, vaper’s tongue goes away on its own as long as you give your senses the break that they need. So, put the vape down for a while.
Brush Your Teeth: The strong taste of mint can wake your senses back up, and the easiest way to take advantage of that is by simply brushing your teeth. This works for many people.
Smell Some Coffee: Coffee grounds have the ability to awaken your senses just like mint. If you have a can of coffee somewhere in your house, open the lid and sniff it a few times.
Find a Lemon: You can also try cutting a lemon in half and sucking on it for a few seconds.
Vaper’s Tongue Doesn’t Have to Run Your CBD Session
Vaper’s tongue can be annoying, and if it’s never happened to you before, you may start getting anxious that something is really wrong. But, as you can see, it’s actually harmless, and will go away on its own. If you can’t wait, however, you can try one of the methods above, all of which vaper’s swear by.